Possums – 6 weeks to 2 years

The Possums room is the nursery space, holding 8 children per day between the ages of 6 weeks to 2 years.

Our Possums room is currently run by Rachel, a diploma trained educator who has been working in our centre for over 5 years. She finds great joy in working with younger children, making them comfortable in a new space and continuing with the routines that a family sets for their child. She continues to learn about child development and ensure that her space is welcoming and challenging for the different developmental needs that fall between 6 weeks and 2 years.

From birth, early experiences and relationships influence children’s long term outcomes and life chances. This includes the development of executive functioning and the capacity to experience, regulate and express emotion, to form close, secure and satisfying relationships and to explore, discover and learn about themselves and the world around them (Institute of Medicine, 2015; AIHW, 2015). A key role of each early childhood professional is to build children’s confidence, sense of wellbeing and security, and their motivation to engage actively in learning with others.

Every partnership will be unique, just as each family is unique with different values and priorities. Early childhood professionals work in partnership with all families within communities to build links between home and other settings a child attends. This provides greater consistency and complementarity for the child.

Goals:

  • For children to experience a programme that accommodates and stimulates the growth and skills across all areas of development.
  • For children to have opportunity to build positive relationships with peers and adults.
  • For the children to develop a sense of their personality and social selves.
  • For the children to develop awareness of feelings and ways of expressing them appropriately.
  • For the children to explore their interests and develop independence.
  • To work with families to ensure the best care for their child.

To Create:

  • A homelike environment at the centre to help infants feel secure and comfortable.
  • For all infants to be treated as individuals and with respect regardless of their socio-economic background.
  • To encourage and develop a positive self-concept and a healthy self esteem.
  • For all of the children to be given the opportunity to develop confidence in experiences which are generally stereotyped for certain genders.
  • For caregivers to respond equally to all children.
  • To provide a healthy and safe environment for children to work and play.
  • For caregivers to offer a needs based curriculum that strengthens the child’s competence and enjoyment of learning by providing experiences for children to succeed from their own point of view.
  • To respect the individuality of each child and have consideration for their family’s values and culture.